Francesca is a 30 year old Italian middle child (of three girls), mommy of 2, who is married to her best Friend. She is constantly baking for friends and family, trying out new recipes and old family secrets. On her blog, you’ll find her stories, recipes, craft ideas and photos!
Let’s face it, I’m always down to try anything that makes my life easier!
With two kids and a dog, I’m constantly sweeping, mopping and vacuuming!
Our house actually has 3 different types of flooring on the main floor alone. Ceramic, linoleum and laminate. So somethings work well at cleaning some floors, but not others. Which usually means more than one tool for the job!
When I discovered bObsweep I was super intrigued. They have so many options to fit everyone’s price point and lifestyle. I had heard so much about robot vacuums, but had my doubts!
I decided to give one a try and here’s what happened!
Our bObi pet arrived to our door along with many replacement parts like replacement brushes, HEPA filter, a blOck (I’ll let you know more about this later!) a charging station and a remote control! Also of course the instruction manual, which made figuring out where everything went a breeze!
After a quick charge, I wasted no time setting everything up and giving it a try!
First of all I want to say, my dog Pearl is afraid of EVERYTHING! Not even exaggerating, any loud noise sends her hiding under the bed and shaking!
When I turned the bObi pet on I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t loud at all! Pearl actually watched from a distance, relaxing in her little bed calmly!
You’ve probably figured out, we are a family that “does” elf on the shelf. We started with one elf “Rupert” but, when Frankie got a little sister… so did he! So we welcomed “Ruby” to the family as well!
Honestly I love this tradition!
Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand why some parents hate it! I’ve had many nights where, I’ve shot up out of bed…. almost out cold because I forgot to move the damn elves!!!!
For the most part, it’s full of fun! The kids love waking up to see what their little friends are up to! While the number of elves may have changed, the one thing that hasn’t is our celebration for their arrival!
No matter when December starts, our elves always arrive the Sunday after. It’s the only day we’re usually all together, and traditionally eat breakfast together!
So, The story goes…..
The elves are the ones who bring us delicious treats to kick off all the fun we’ll have together in the coming weeks! As far as the kids know at least…..
Truth be told, I’ve been scouring the dollar store for decor and reached out to Michelle at Cupcakes and Studmuffins to create some super fun treats and she did not let me down!
She dreamed up these amazing cookies, mini donuts and my personal favourite pop tarts!! They taste as good as they look, and are seriously even more adorable in person!
Of course with elves, come many sweet treats! So there was plenty of chocolates and candy!
All in all, It was a great morning….. despite the sugar high from the kids that followed! It’s our way of making the holiday season even more fun and it makes the wait until the big night a little more bearable!
Because, lets be honest!
The big guy in red, will be here before we know it!
I’m definitely feeling the Christmas spirit these days!
Any excuse to bake and make delicious treats, you know I’ll find it!
I usually try to start my baking about a month before, starting with these super simple sugar cookies. These classic are a family favorite. You can do so much with them. Roll them out and use cookie cutters, mix in some sprinkles for more festive cookies. Or even dip them in chocolate! the only limit is your imagination!
They’re perfect for baking a freezing a head of time. When you need them you just defrost and serve!
I would however, recommend that you freeze them before decorating. When you defrost them, you can add your icing and sprinkles just as though they were freshly baked!
To create these super cute treats, I had the help of some handy gadgets from Kitchen Stuff Plus ! This mini Piping ball comes in a set of two, with 6 decorating tips! It makes icing a breeze! For me silicone mats are a must! They guarantee your sweet treats won’t stick to your pan, and These ones come in a set of 3 and already have all your spacing measured out for you !
Of course it wouldn’t be the holidays without super cute cookies! Kitchen Stuff plus has a huge selection of cookie cutters and These are just a few of the adorable holiday options! Whichever shape you choose these cookies are always a hit, and I guarantee they won’t last long! Especially when placed on that adorable milk and cookies set also available at Kitchen Stuff Plus !
1 Cup butter, softened (not melted)
1 Cup sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Almond extract
3 Cups All purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, using a mixer, the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add in your egg and vanilla, beat until combined.
In a separate bowl, mix together your dry ingredients. Your Flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
Add your flour mixture to your wet ingredients 1/3 at a time. lightly mixing in between additions.
Roll your dough into a ball and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat your oven to 350, and place your silicone mat on your baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
Roll your dough out onto a lightly floured surface, to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.
Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
Allow cookies to cool on your baking sheet for 2 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on a rack. once cooled decorate as desired!
I hope these treats add a little holiday magic to your day!
(This post was made in partnership with Kitchen Stuff Plus, as always my opinions are my own and true!)
Also when you’re a crazy little girl, who never slows down, always keeps her mama on her toes, and will probably end up giving said mama a heart attack!
My Daughter is OBSESSED with cats!
Unfortunately for her, I’m severely allergic to them! So having cat themed parties is as close as we’ll be coming to ever having cats in our home!
I’m all about monochrome these days, so we combined the two and adorable party magic was made!
Anytime I’m party planning, the first thing I do is head over to Joonie and Joe They always have exactly what I need! As soon as I saw these matching plates and cups I knew I had to have them! Also hello adorable cat plates! I obviously couldn’t leave those behind! Why have boring cutlery when you can have monochrome ones! All of these were essential in bringing the party to life!
I found a local bakery that made all Emilia’s Kitty Cat dreams come true! Seriously! They were almost to cute to eat…..ALMOST! Also when we did eat them, they were AMAZING!
I love connecting with local businesses and have met some amazing people! Francesca from Styled by Francesca is no exception! She made me the amazing kitty cat banner and adorable cake topper! Not to mention that adorable dessert cart…AKA the centerpiece of the whole party, is one of the many beautiful pieces she rents out! I can’t even tell you, how many people fell in love with it!
The day was all about Emilia.
Our last baby, who’s growing way too fast!
She had a blast at her party! The food, the decor, it all comes second to the amazing memories we made that day.
Although she’ll never have a kitty cat of her own… until she moves out one day that is..
I’m pretty sure this party helped to satisfy her obsession, and maybe put a stop for the begging for a kitten. For a little while at least…….
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